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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
One more thing to consider when importing photographs and video files from a folder is what you want to apply to these files upon import. Now there is panel on the right- hand side that gives us a few options. One of them is Develop Settings. Here if you click on this pulldown menu, you will notice there are many different presets that are preinstalled in Lightroom and you can apply these to all the photographs. Now here we don't want to do this but just know that that is an option. Another thing that you might want to do is to add some metadata to these files.
One way to do that is to create what's called a Metadata Preset. Let's go ahead and create a new preset so that we can use this when we are importing our files in the future for this set and also for other sets of photographs. All right! Well, the preset I am going to do here is Copyright Chris Orwig. If you're on a Mac you can create that copyright symbol by pressing Option+G, if you're on Windows I believe you can press Ctrl+Alt+C to get that symbol. All right! Well, not that we have that preset name I am going to go down to the copyright and I am going to add that down here as, well because all of these files are mine, make sure they are copyrighted.
And I am just going to add that, a simple metadata preset and then hit Create. Now, of course, if you want to add other types of information here that are relevant to the files that you are importing, go ahead and do that. I am just keeping this simple for demo purposes. All right! Well, I will click Create here and then you can see I now have that preset. So upon import of all of these photographs, they will now have this metadata copyright. I can also add some keywords. A keyword could be something which explains what type of files these are.
I am going to go ahead and just say Lightroom Demo is one of my keywords, because these are all demo files for Lightroom course. All right! Well, now that I've added that information, I am ready to import these files. Yet before I do, I want to go through just a couple more things here. Let's move over to the left. You remember that you start off by choosing the folder or choosing this Exercise Files folder. You want to make sure to have Include Subfolders clicked on and you can either check that off here or click on it in the center of the screen. Now once you've done that, it shows you all of the files.
The next step, of courses, to go to the top. What do you want to do with these? In this case, we are just adding them. We want them to stay where they are. We just want Lightroom to know that they exist. Next, we move to the right, we choose our Render Preview. What's that's going to be? Typically it's Standard. That typically works best, and then apply during import, we are going to choose this Metadata Preset and then perhaps add a few keywords. Now if you want to add more than one key word what you could do is go ahead and add a comma and then type another one, which I'll add another one just for the fun there lightroom demo and lynda.com. All right! Well, now that we've gone through all that, we are ready to import these files and here we will simply click the Import button.
What will happen is Lightroom will now pick up where these files are and then next, it will render those previews. So it's a two-step process and what's great about this is it brings in all these files and while it's rendering these previews, we can go ahead and do our work in other words we can start to scroll and look at the images we could select one that we want to work on, double-click it to take it to this Loupe View mode and be on our way. In other words, the rendering of the previews that you see up here doesn't hold us back from working on these files. All right! Well, now that that import is complete, there's one more thing on a look at here.
If we open up our Folders panel, you'll notice that it is now added or imported these images and video files and it's just following the same structure of the way that those files and folders were already organized and that's a great thing about this. For some people, the word Import is a little bit misleading, because it sounds like it's moving things or changing something, it really isn't. All that's happening here is Lightroom now knows these files exist. It keeps this folder structure and file location just the same. All right! Well, that wraps up our conversation about how we can import photos and video files from a folder.
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